You are allowed to send any device you want in with your child/children during the pilot phase of the BYOD program. Please kep in mind that only devices with Wi-Fi capabilities will allow students to connect to our virtual learning environment and suite of applications.
An important stipulation to the BYOD program, that parents need to understand, is the fact that students MUST use the East Penn School District wireless network when their child/children are in school. The East Penn BYOD wireless network passes all traffic through an Internet filter. All school districts must filter Internet content for students. If a student “drops” off the BYOD filtered network and goes online with their “unfiltered” data plan, this becomes a violation of CIPA, the Childhood Internet Protection Act. Read more about CIPA here. This also puts in jeopardy E-Rate Telecommunications and Internet funding provided to school districts. E-Rate gives school districts discounts on Internet, local, long distance and telecommunication services. More information about E-Rate can be found here. Violations of this criteria are considered violations of the school board approved Acceptable Use Policy.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Question: do I need to send a device in with my student?
Answer: no, this is a voluntary pilot program.
Question: if my student does not bring in a device, will they still have access to technology?
Answer: yes, the BYOD program supports rather than supplants technology.
Question: can you tell me what device to buy for BYOD?
Answer: no, there is no one perfect device choice for this program. Make your choice based on personal preference. As long as the device can connect to the Internet a student can participate in the program.
Question: do you need all students in a class to have a device in order for the to be successful?
Answer: no, students often work in small groups collaborating together on assignments and projects so full participation is not needed.